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Holston Habitat Announces Laura Kelly as Next Executive Director

After an extensive nationwide search, Holston Habitat for Humanity announces that Laura Kelly will become the organization’s next Executive Director, effective February, 2021. Holston Habitat’s Board of Directors based its decision upon Kelly’s passion for affordable housing and her demonstrated success and years of leadership in the non-profit housing area.

According to Mike Behal, Holston Habitat’s Board President, “Ms. Kelly is well prepared to continue this organization’s rich history of partnering with local families to build safe, energy efficient, affordable Habitat homes.” Behal also noted that Kelly’s professional experience positions her for leading Holston Habitat’s dedicated staff, donors and thousands of volunteers to achieve the long-range goal of growing Holston Habitat’s home repair program.

“I am excited to connect my passion for affordable housing with the mission and ministry of Holston Habitat for Humanity,” says Kelly. “I look forward to working with the staff and volunteers so we can grow the impact of this ministry together. Whether operating the ReStores in Kingsport and Johnson City or building and repairing more homes in Carter, Sullivan and Washington Counties and Bristol, Virginia, Holston Habitat always has and will continue to make a difference right here at home.”

Kelly follows the longtime leadership of Executive Directors Laura Swanson, Art Pearce and Trish Patterson, who retires from this leadership position in January, 2021. “Ms. Patterson epitomizes what it means to be a servant leader,” according to Dr. Sally Lee, Holston Habitat’s Vice-President. “She has provided strategic and thoughtful leadership for Holston Habitat for Humanity and has always put the needs of the staff, partner families and volunteers first. Her leadership will be greatly missed but we wish her all the best in her retirement.”

Having served 304 families since organizing in 1985, Holston Habitat for Humanity currently has 3 homes under construction in Johnson City, Kingsport and Elizabethton with plans to build 5 homes in 2021.

For more information about becoming a Habitat homebuyer or about volunteering at a Habitat ReStore or on a Habitat construction project, visit or call 423.239.7689.


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Holston Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, non-profit housing organization serving Sullivan, Washington, and Carter Counties in Tennessee, as well as the city of Bristol, Virginia.


Holston Habitat creates partnerships with communities, families and volunteers to improve the quality of life for families in need by providing affordable housing and opportunities for home ownership.

Phone: 423-239-7689

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